You might not have heard of Joanna of Austria (1535-1573), the first — and so far only — female ever admitted to the all-male Society of Jesus in the religious order’s 483-year history. Alas, she could not be described as a trailblazer — because no one ever followed in her wake.
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Jesuits Assure Funding Pledge; Slaves’ Descendants Blame Delays on ‘Hardliners’
Ancestors of slaves owned and sold by Jesuit priests in the early 1800s say modern-day Jesuits have fallen behind on their promise to raise money for reparations. A near-term pledge of $100 million was pledged to help fund racial-healing programs and scholarships for the slaves’ descendants.
Catholic Researchers Urge Institutions To Make Deeper Probes for Possible Slavery Ties
Money from the 1838 sale of 272 slaves by Jesuit priests in Maryland helped finance the expansion of the Church in states to the west and north, researchers say. The Jesuits are addressing that history, but some researchers say other institutions, such as colleges and universities, should do likewise.
Father Adolfo Nicolas, Former Jesuit Superior, Dies in Tokyo
The Jesuit General Curia in Rome announced that its former superior general, Father Adolfo Nicolas, died May 20 in Tokyo. He was 84.
Priest, Psychologist Offer Their Tips on Prayer
Father Kenneth Gavin, S.J. suggests two simple forms of Ignatian prayer that people can practice daily: The Examen and contemplative prayer.
Pope Calls Himself a ‘Missionary Pilgrim’ in Japan
Over half a century since joining the Jesuits with the hope of becoming a missionary in Japan, Pope Francis finally fulfilled the dream of visiting this land.
Sister Jean Now 100: Milestone for the Beloved Loyola Hoops Nun
When it comes to March Madness, Sister Jean is second to “nun.” At least in age.The chaplain of Loyola University Chicago’s men’s basketball team, who rose to prominence during the 2018 NCAA Tournament when the Ramblers reached the Final Four, turned 100 on Aug. 21.
Indianapolis Archdiocese Says Jesuit School With Gay Teacher Is Not ‘Catholic’
After refusing to fire a teacher who is gay and in a civil same-sex marriage, a Jesuit school in Indianapolis has been stripped of its Catholic label by the archdiocese.
The Jesuits Are Back Ministering in Brooklyn
Building on more than a century of tradition, the Jesuits are back in Brooklyn embarking on a new approach to collaborative ministry with a focus on youth and young adults.